Platinum Jubilee Celebrations


From the Masonic Disco on 2nd June- the masons at Caledonian Lodge No 392 donated buck’s fizz and chocolate:

Prepping the site:

Key volunteers Sheila, Sandie and Alex

Putting up the bunting

And on the Day of the Party:

Around 600 people attended

Event co-ordinator Pete Gregson

Val Forbes’s Memorial Rose

John Yellowlees announces the Roseburn Park Walking Guide by Rosie Bell, assisted by John Riddoch

Andrew Sharpe of Edinburgh City Star Majorettes wowed the crowd with his virtuoso juggling

Volunteer Alex as Queen Elizabeth II

The 150th Craigalmond Scouts tea stall, with the bouncy castle behind

Laura Dunbar with more buck’s fizz from the Mason’s- for the raffle- at the FoRP Information stall

Osman from the Village Cafe in Corstorphine sold coffee and cake

Ping Pong tournament with Murrayfield Memorial Table Tennis Club

Learning croquet with Balgreen Croquet Club

Beat the Goalie- with Mackenzie Martin

Best Outfit prize awarded by Margaret Smith, winner of the 1953 fancy dress competition as the Bisto Girl

Best fancy dress prize awarded by Foysol Chowdhury MSP, assisted by Councillor Frank Ross

Most beautiful dog prize awarded by Christine Jardine MP

Cathie from Ruby Rose with the Jubilee table she has upcycled, then auctioned in support of breast cancer charity

Cathie with her Ruby Rose stall


Jurgen’s burgers (made to Pete’s secret recipe) went down a storm- we sold over 200

We estimated 500 to 600 attended

Exhibition of photos from 1954 Coronation fancy dress party in the park

Dogs Trust – helped run doggie events, like the Waggiest Tail, Best Biscuit Catcher, Best Lookalike .. 31 dogs attended and the dogs got the certificates- NOT the owners!

Doggie dash #1

Doggie dash #2

Doggie Dash #3

Walking rugby….

.. with Murrayfield Wanderers RFC

Bunting made by pupils at Roseburn Primary School

Sheila and Sandie from the organising committee

The following Roseburn and Western Corner shops donated prizes for the competitions and raffle:

ID Hair & Murrayfield Skin Clinic
Chapman Property Management
Brendan Haddock Jewellers
Roseburn Shoe Repairs
Ruby Rose
Roseburn Café
Vigo Delicatessen
Hui- Chinese Takeaway
Delta Curry Takeaway
Steven Henderson Hair
Anita Glasby Opticians
U beaty Therapy
Art et Facts
House of hound
PC Doctor & Moving Pictures
Thallon Soulis
PC Doctor
Murrayfield Bar
Claire Doig Hairdressing
Roseburn Bar
Ikina studio

Sassy Dog
Glitz n Glamour hairdresser
Galaxy nail spa
Salon La Greca

Scottish Rugby



The Party harked back to the 1953 Coronation Party in the Park- with a fancy dress competition, open to young and old, one judge being the winner of that competition – Bisto Girl Margaret Smith; the other being Ward Cllr Frank Ross. …  Prizes for the best outfits (donated by the Roseburn shops)  …  Exhibition of photos from the 1953 Coronation Party   (see them at Park History | Friends of Roseburn Park (SCIO))


For those who want to pay their respects to Val Forbes, we unveiled her shrub rose by the old playpark at 1pm.

The programme was roughly:

1.00 – Val’s Rose

1.15 – at the stage, by the Armoury: launch of Roseburn Park walking guide ( see Park History | Friends of Roseburn Park (SCIO) )

1.15 – Croquet lessons and games start

1.15 – Ping-pong tournament starts

1.30 – Doggie events: Best Trick; Best Lookalike; Waggiest Tail; Best Biscuit Catcher; Musical Statues (sit and stay); Doggie Dash – all with the Dog’s Trust; prizes and certificates awarded throughout afternoon as winners were announced.

1.30 – Doggie Beauty (by mystery judge)- onwards- prize awarded at 3pm by Christine Jardine MP

2.00 –  Edinburgh City Star Majorette performance with Andrew Sharpe

2.30 – Daft games for kids start

2.45 – Auction of Queen Liz table by Ruby Rose with Faisal Choudhury MSP, 50% proceeds to Breast Cancer (Jeremy Balfour MSP had to call in sick)

3.00 – announcement of Fancy Dress prizewinners with judges Cllr Frank Ross and Bisto Girl Margaret Smith

3.15 – more Majorette magic with Andrew

4.00 – announcement of Raffle prize winners with FoRP Chair Jim McDonaugh

5.00 – ends

Ongoing throughout the afternoon was the Exhibition of 1953 Fancy Dress photos, Bouncy Castle, Treasure Hunt, Photostall – yourself as QE2, 150th Craigalmond Scout Group tea Stall; portaloos by Balfour Beatty,  Beat the Goalie, Balgreen Croquet classes, over-50s Walking Rugby with Murrayfield Wanderers.

On sale were home-made hamburgers, Teas & Biscuits, Osmans’s Coffee and Cakes (Village Café, Costorphine), Ruby Rose upcycled furniture

… and the night before – DISCO PARTY THURSDAY 2nd JUNE 7pm – 11pm

DJ Jeremy Thom played the platters that matter on the wheels of steel
.. bar…  kids were welcome…. 57 folk came

Note the actual venue is called Caledonian Lodge No 392  (Lodge of Brotherly Love only rent space there)
Tickets were £5 on door or in advance from Art et Facts, Roseburn Terrace.

The event was linked on Facebook

If you ever need to hire the hall, or get in touch for any reason, the correct lodge to contact is The Caledonian Lodge No392 at or on 0131 539 4412


Those who want to help out for an hour (or two!) on future events, please email the organiser, Pete Gregson, at